Three Kagay-anon designers figured prominently in the 3rd Habi Kadayawan Design Competition Final Runway Event and Awarding Ceremony held August 9, 2019 at the Ayala Abreeza Mall Activity Center, Davao City.
Patrick Gabutina of Tinabuan Arts & Crafts won the Grand Prize in the Fashion Accessories Professional Category while Shine J. Casiño, a founding member of the Oro Fashion Designers Guild (OFDG) was first runner up in the Luxe Apparel Category. Chris Gomez of his eponymously named Creative Design based in Burgos, Cagayan de Oro was also a finalist in the same category as Gabutina.
Gabutina won P100, 000, trophy and certificate with an opportunity to showcase his designs at the Manila FAME on 17-19 October 2019 at the World Trade Center in Metro Manila.
As the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle trade fair, Manila FAME promotes the country as a reliable sourcing destination for high-quality and design-oriented home, fashion, holiday, and interior products. It supports local small- and medium-scale enterprises and artisan communities by working with local designers to create new product collections and providing a professionally managed platform to present export products to the global market.
Manila FAME provides a unique sourcing experience to both local and international buyers with its trademark Filipino hospitality at every touch point.
Casiño won P75, 000.00 as 1st Runner up. As one of four honorable mentions in the Fashion Accessories Professional Category received P5, 000.00, certificate and medal.
A joint project of the Davao LGUs Kadayawan Executive Committee and the Davao Fashion and Design Council Foundation, Inc. (DFDCFI), Habi Kadayawan 2019 paid homage to the journey of Davao’s 11 migrant tribes across the diverse terrain of their ancestral homes in Mindanao to a newfound home in Davao City.
For this year, entries from other parts of Mindanao were invited to showcase their obras to open opportunities for designers across the island to showcase their ingenuity and their global ready fashion designs.
“This will be an opportunity for designers to not only showcase their vision and be guaranteed with a start-up capital but also allow them to bring their vision to Manila FAME, the hallmark of Philippine Design Excellence, through the Manila Trade Expo Pavilion,” said Dodjie L. Batu, Chair, Organizing Committee for Habi Kadayawan 2019 and President, Davao Fashion and Design Council Foundation, Inc.
Gabutina’s entry “Purong Bag” was inspired by the head dresses of the tribes of Bukidnon and Davao (Purong means head dress in Visayan) and is made of indigenous materials like hinabul (woven abaca fiber) with tikog (reed grass) fringes, leather straps and carved wood.
One of the most respected senior designers from Cagayan de Oro and Mindanao, Gabutina credited his design chops to his mentor and mother, Esmerna Uyguangco Gabutina, who started Tinabuan Arts & Crafts in their hometown in Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental.
He also acknowledged Jeanie Palermo, Gangga Ranalan, Monette Sagaral, Marvin Arocho, Jerry Sumangay, and Chris Gomez, who was also a finalist in the same category.
Gomez mentored Gabutina on the latter’s award winning design from its concept to its presentation to the judges. He also mentored the Grand Prize Winner during the first Certificate Program on Design Competency workshop held last year at the Capitol University in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry Misamis Oriental Provincial Office (DTI Misor), Capitol University Business Incubation Center, and Chris Gomez Creative Design.
Gomez is a multi-disciplinary creative and advocate of Sustainable Design. Among his many laurels: Finalist, 2011 National Philippine Art Awards; Grand Prize winner (water-based category) 2012 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence Awards, and Finalist, 2014 Look of Style Awards (British Council/Look Magazine).
He is a Product Development Mentor accredited by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, and a Product Design Specialist of Design Center Philippines (DCP).
For his part, self-taught fashion designer and stylist Shine J. Casiño is clear eyed on where he wants to bring his fashion ideas following another breakthrough milestone in his journey which includes stops with mentors Melvin Lachica, the late Cesar Gaupo and Avel Bacudio.
“I wanna go global. I want to bring the Mindanao Look to the World,” he said in an earlier interview.
This would entail modernizing the Mindanao Look focusing on the colorful tapestry of Mindanao’s history and culture, he explains. Mix and match various elements of Mindanao’s various cultures one step at a time depending on his inspiration. Not only for materials, colors but also fashion accessories.
For instance for his Habi Kadayawan 2019 entry, Casiño drew inspiration from the Maranao Okir and Langkit motifs and made liberal use of the Mindanao Silk being produced in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental.
“Through my fashion ethic I want to highlight the History and Heritage of Mindanao Culture,” he notes. “I love of my city, my hometown Tagoloan, and I am proud of Mindanao’s culture, people and its colors.”
Not the least, Chris Gomez’s Ranao Handbag was conceived around the culture of his childhood and design exposure in Lake Lanao. Made from denim, wood, shell, cocoon balls, silk tassels, acrylic gold and beads, it is designed for women who treasure timeless fashion.
“The gold aquatic images are inspired by the Lake that symbolizes royalty and prestige. This is my homage to the artisanal skills of the Maranao by bringing their craft to the world,” Gomez shared.
“The bag’s hardwood handle inlaid with shell was developed in the town of Tugaya, Lanao del Sur, famous for its brass and wood bauls with shell inlays.”
“This design uses raw materials with integrity to arrive at basic modern shapes and forms, the creative process being an experimental journey towards imbuing traditional hand-crafted products with contemporary sensibilities.”
“Habi Kadayawan is a good platform for aspiring apparel and fashion accessories designers,” said Gomez, who joined the competition for the first time.
“The entry should embody good quality; use materials available in the region represented by the contestant and should have that global look for the international market.”
With their impressive showing at Habi Kadayawan 2019, Oro Designers look to be on their way to the wild blue yonder of global fashion. It could be only a matter of time if it hasn’t happened yet.
We will keep watch with bated breath and bring you the story when that indeed happens. Congratulations to our winning Oro designers and may your feats galvanize your students to be similarly inspired! (with inputs from CDODev.Com and photos by Patrick Gabutina and Kadayawan sa Davao)